dining out for life

Thursday

From morning coffee to a late-night snack, eating out is a New Orleans way of life, and Thursday is a prime opportunity to combine philanthropy and culinary selection. Dozens of the area’s best restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to NO/AIDS Task Force during Dining Out for Life. Feast at one of the participating restaurants, and help those affected by HIV and AIDS in the community. (504) 821-2601, ext. 256. www.noaidstaskforce.org.

white summer night: a sunset garden party

Saturday

“Celebrating Art on the Lake” is the theme for the annual White Summer Night: A Sunset Garden Party. The evening is a benefit for Safe Harbor Northshore, a domestic violence and shelter service. Music, food and cocktails on Lake Pontchartrain, plus art for purchase and authors signing books will be the order of the day (or evening). White attire is encouraged. 7 p.m., Pontchartrain Yacht Club, 140 Jackson Ave., Mandeville. $35, $40 at door. (985) 626-3192. www.safeharbor.org.

ordc/noba center for dance concert

Saturday

After three weeks of intensive study with professionals from the Dance Theater of Harlem, the students of New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and the New Orleans Ballet Association’s program will perform a dance concert. The showcase features local students. $10. 7 p.m. Lupin Hall, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. (504) 522-0996. www.nobadance.com.

west st. tammany red beans ’n’ rice cook-off

Monday

What could be better than all-you-can-eat red beans and rice on a Monday? How about helping United Way start its annual campaign and win bragging rights for your recipe? It happens at the sixth annual event, with the winners announced at 1 p.m. Teams can enter for $75, but a plate will cost only $8 for lunch and dessert. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bogue Falaya Hall, Covington City Complex, 317 N. Jefferson St., Covington. (985) 778-0815. www.unitedwaysela.org.

‘trek-a-go-go’

Tuesday and Wednesday

“Make it so.” Indeed, Mid-City Theatre has done just that. “Trek-A-Go-Go” is a two-part live reading of a double-episode version of the hugely popular “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” or TNG for the trekkie at heart. “Unification, Part 1” is Tuesday, with “Part 2” Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. each night. $15. Mid-City Theatre, 3540 Toulouse St., New Orleans. (504) 488-1460. www.midcitytheatre.com.

wednesdays at the point

amanda shaw and the vettes

With the city’s skyline as a backdrop, music, food and beverages, Wednesdays at the Point is a hot ticket during the summer months. Amanda Shaw brings her scorching fiddle playing and sultry vocal talents to a stage for this eight-week summer concert series. 5:30 p.m., Algiers Ferry Landing, 200 Morgan St., New Orleans. www.wednesdaysonthepoint.com.